St Bartholomew, Glazeley, Shropshire

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Glazeley is a village in the SE of the county, 3 miles S of Bridgnorth. The vilage is no more than a cluster of houses and the church built on the S bank of the Borle Brook, a tributary of the Severn. The present church was rebuilt in 1873-5 by A. W. Blomfield in a 14thc style. A watercolour of the previous church shows a simple 2-cell 12thc building with a S porch and a W bell-turret (Shropshire County Council archive). There are two 12thc. fonts in the churchyard, one to W of S porch, the other to the E, near to a 12thc. stone coffin (?).


Glazeley was one of a large number of manors held in 1086 by Sheriff Reginald (de Balliol) from Roger Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury. The actual tenant was Azo. The manor was assessed at 2 hides, and a priest is numbered among the residents, implying the presence of a church at that date. After the rebellion of Robert de Belleme, Roger Montgomery's son, in 1102, the tenancy passed to the fitzAlans, and the subtenants at this time were the Pierrepoints, who changed their name to de Glazeley in the 13thc.




Font to E of S doorway

Tub-shaped. Plain. Red sandstone. Rim of font damaged, prominent indentation on S side. Round bowl with hole in centre.

Circumference of bowl 2.21 m
Height of bowl c.0.53 m
Inner diam. 0.50 m
Outer diam. 0.70 m

Font to W of S doorway

Tub-shaped. Plain, except for necking at bottom of bowl. Chamfered rim. Yellow sandstone. Considerably better preserved than font on R of S doorway.

Circumference of bowl 2.21 m
Height of bowl 0.60 m
inner diam. 0.50 m
outer diam. 0.695 m



Stone coffin with area cut out for head. Rectangular slab next to it.

Depth 0.24 m
l. 2.14 m
max. w. (at head) 0.70 m



  • Shropshire County Council, Shropshire Archives, 6009/89 (233/12867).

  • D. H. S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire...: illustrated from photographs by M. J. Harding; with ground plans of the most important churches drawn by W. A. Webb, 2 vols, Wellington: Hobson & Co., 1901-12, vol. I, pt. 4, 304-5.

  • EH, English Heritage Listed Building 254715.

  • R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, London: J. R. Smith, 1859, vol. I, 210-18.

  • J. Newman and N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, New Haven and London, 2006, 272.

  • N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Shropshire, Harmondsworth 1958, 132.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SO 703 882 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Shropshire
now: Shropshire
medieval: Hereford
now: Hereford
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Bartholomew
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Barbara Zeitler 
Visit Date
29 July 2000